Patients and caregivers at Family Health Centers in Louisville, Ky., wonder how the Affordable Care Act will affect them. Some 90,000 people could get medical coverage in this city alone. It could create thousands of jobs in Kentucky and, if its aspirations are realized, provide better care at lower cost. Yet the law still provokes suspicion and confusion, among both healthcare providers and the uninsured population it is meant to help.
Lymphedema affects three or four million adults and children in America and is, unfortunately, not an uncommon side effect of breast cancer treatment in about 15-20 percent of patients, where lymph nodes have been damaged or removed along with breast tissue in combination with radiation. A new surgical option, a vascularized lymph node transfer, is expected to bring relief and life changing results.
Celeste Corcoran and her daughter, Sydney, were both seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. Celeste takes her first steps on her new set of legs that replace her own. By her second day with these new legs Celeste had ditched her walker.
Here is an inspirational story of how a sick little girl that was not supposed to make it and found a family that would not give up. After her heart surgery, she went into cardiac arrest and spent the last week on a heart lung machine.
Accelerate Diagnostics CEO Lawrence Mehren discusses on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" the prevalence of hospital infections and new advances in combating illness. Mehren says hospital acquired infections are typically acquired by bacteria, and bacteria that are living in hospitals are living in a high threat environment, so they get stronger.
Six-month-old Ryan Burke's skull was growing lopsided until Texas surgeons intervened. Before the surgery, Ryan's face was lopsided because an opening in the skull that allows the brain to grow had close too soon. Now, doctor Sandberg, who performed the surgery, says that he expect Ryan to lead a normal life.
Danielle Ofri, a physician and author, talks about her new book, “What Doctors Feel.” Ofri discusses the different ways in which doctors deal with loss as well as the factors that contribute toward both patient and doctor attitudes.
Most of the hundreds of thousands of robotic surgeries performed in the U.S. each year are done safely. However, as use of the machine increases, so are reports of injuries: The U.S. Food and Drug administration has received more than 200 reports since 2007 of burns, cuts and infections – including 89 deaths – after robotic surgery.
A horse that survived a vicious attack is making medical headlines thanks to a pair of historic surgeries to save him. Last summer "Northstar," an American Paint horse, was approached in a pasture in Pennsylvania, doused with a flammable liquid and, inexplicably, set on fire.
Kevin Pugh celebrated his first Father's Day as a dad with his baby daughter after receiving a liver transplant which saved him from a life-threatening disease weeks before she was born. The donation came from a mother in her forties who passed away.
Ireland Nugent has been in a wheelchair and has undergone seven surgeries since the April 11 accident. Doctors warned she may be hesitant at first after being fitted for the test legs, but the little girl promptly took off walking as soon as they were on.
Researchers who analyzed data in children under the age of 15 who had CT scans between 1996 and 2011 examined the frequency and level of radiation doses. They estimate that of the four million scans performed each year, more than 4,800 kids could develop future cancers as a result of radiation exposure.
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At a unit inside the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, scientists use highly specialized methods to study cancer in mice. It's no wonder why such a unit exists, as many important medical breakthroughs have come about over the years because scientists have studied mice.
Trainee surgeons are using tablet computers as a way to practice surgery outside the operating theater. The surgery app was designed by four surgeons in London and can be downloaded on a variety of devices. Dr. Sanjay Purkayastha, one of its developers, said they wanted to take surgical education to "another level." The app has been downloaded worldwide more than 80,000 times in less than six months.